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Published on Jan 8, 2014

CINCINNATI (Paula Toti) -- Cincinnati city leaders met Monday to talk about progress in getting people off the streets in the bitter cold. Paula Toti has the latest.The shelter run by City Gospel filled Monday night to capacity but the Drop Inn Center was also accepting people at it's upstairs winter shelter. The two will be open to men, woman and children every winter evening beginning at 9:00pm. It was a busy night all around the Tri-State as people tried to stay warm. In Lawrenceburg, a fire at the MGP plant (the old Seagrams building) was more challenging to battle. It began in the area where ingredients are dried. Two contract employees were taken to the hospital. Their conditions weren't immediately available. In Cincinnati those who work with the homeless say they had a busy day meeting with city leaders and giving them an update on how the community is doing getting people off the streets in the bitter cold. Josh Spring from the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition says things are better this year with the two shelters staying open every night through at least February. In years past the temperature would have to dip to at least nine degrees before the emergency or cold shelters would open. Local 12 did find a few people venturing out Monday evening to enjoy restaurants in the Gateway Quarter. Graeter's just opened a new restaurant. The store manager admits the first Monday night in business was not a good one for ice cream. Even so, they vowed to stay open until 9:00pm. It's the first Graeter's to sell espresso and that was the popular item of the night.

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